Many of Snoop's younger fans may not directly recall the time he was embroiled in a two-year long murder trial, but this was actually a thing that happened. In 1993, Snoop and bodyguard McKinley Lee got into a verbal altercation with Philip Woldemariam outside Snoop's apartment building. Woldemariam left in a car, Snoop and Lee followed, and in an ensuing confrontation, Lee shot Woldemariam to death.
Snoop responded to his arrest and public spectacle of a trial in the way you might expect: by rapping about it, releasing the appropriately titled single "Murder Was the Case" in 1994. His performance of the song at the MTV Video Music Awards that year — in which he famously and bluntly proclaimed his innocence — has been called the most powerful of his career, and will be called that again, because it was freaking incredible. The jury found that Lee had acted in self-defense, largely based on the testimony of a passenger in Woldemariam's car who claimed that Woldemariam was pulling a pistol when Lee fired the fatal shot. The takeaway from all this: many gangster rappers may be, shall we say, inauthentic with their lyrics — but if Snoop releases a single about being Batman, you'd better believe he's prowling the rooftops in a cape and cowl.